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Name: Cyril John DUNN
Casualty No.: Ranks: Flying Officer Initials: C J Service No.:
Date of Birth : 05/07/1923 Place of Birth : Age at Death: 21
Unit: 83 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address:
Previous Address: Ivy Terrace, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham (Old Police House).
Civilian Employment:
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Tuesday 12th September 1944
Place of Death:
Battle/Campaign: Undertaking air operations.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Bible Communicant Member, Holy Cross Church, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Hookergate School Memorial, Highfield, Co. Durham.
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals: Distinguished Flying Cross. 1939-45 Star. Air Crew Europe Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Son of Harold and May Dunn, of Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Notes : Educated at Jarrow, Hookergate School and Skerry's College, Newcastle upon Tyne. Cyril's father worked at Clara Vale Colliery. Enlisted for air crew, 20th February 1941 and was commissioned on 16th July 1943. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. 27th June 1944. The Citation reads: Early in his operational career this Officer took part in the daylight attacks on Le Creusot and Milan and in July 1943, made a determined assault on the Bologna Power Station. On one occasion when detailed to attack Dortmund, he sighted an enemy fighter about to attack. Flying Officer Dunn attacked and destroyed his adversary. This Officer has proved himself an air gunner of great skill and ability. Cyril was on board Lancaster ND74C which was reported missing whilst undertaking operational duties to Darmstadt, Germany. When the aircraft was shot down three crew members survived but they become prisoners of war, the other crew members were posted as missing in action.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Blaydon Courier, 30th June 1944.
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